Chalet Cadeau Gifts has found its new home in Kirkland at 132 Central Way after being in Kenmore for nine years. This place is jam-packed with lots of loot. When I first stepped foot in the store, I thought that Santa's sleigh exploded here on it's way to my grandma's house. Lots of catch phrase items like "Well bred" on a tee shirt with a horse, or pillows that say " I'm not a princess, but if the tiara fits..." You get my drift. This giant gift shop has a little of everything- if you can think of it, it's probably in there. The space was previously occupied by the Leathers store and is enormous. From books, cards, pillows, kids toys, clothes, pictures, lotions, windchimes, collectibles, jewelry, curtains/doileys (pic left), it's very overwhelming and if you can't find a gift in there you haven't opened your eyes yet.
Although this is entertaining shopping for an adult, I've got to advise you to NOT bring your little ones into Chalet Cadeau. I had my two year old with me and I nearly had a heart attack about 4 times while trying to mosey through the store. The staff was quietly (and ever so kindly) giving him the evil eye from behind the next aisle, and I can't really blame them. It's a mine field of delicate dangers in there. Sensory overload for him. Heart stoppage for me. I do not want to have to buy that ceramic doggie balancing on the ledge of a glass shelf. Here's an idea for your little one while you shop(photo right).
Wendy Marshall (pictured left), the owner, is really excited about her new spot in Kirkland. Sounds like she has quite a following from her previous location too. You'll find easy parking right out front or in the lot across the street. Have fun shopping (and be very careful!). ~J